Current politics at a national and European level have been stuck in a cycle of fruitless politics and an old division of conservatives vs liberals, or left vs right. With this dogmatic approach to politics, traditional parties have failed to respond to long-standing and developing challenges in our rapidly changing societies. This has allowed a vacuum space that has been taken by extremist movements and parties, who offer simplistic and dangerously deceiving solutions to pressing questions of security, solidarity and identity. 

Likewise, the European Union, the political and social project of our grandparents and parents, is blocked by quarrels of competence and failure to align on shared interests. We are here to change this, here to serve our citizens, create opportunities and overcome injustice, creating inclusive and economically strong societies for all.

We are neither left nor right, our focus is finding the best solutions for all.


Political values

  • Equal opportunities

  • Justice

  • Liberty

  • Human Dignity

  • Sustainability

  • Solidarity

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that we want to advance in every European country. The reason for 5+1 is that the 5 first challenges will be adapted to the national level to take into account local realities, and the +1 challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – will be identical across all our national programmes. Those 5 first challenges provide guidelines to all Volt Chapters and do not only deal with European competences.

  • 1. Smart State

    Governments should provide high-quality public services for the benefit of their citizens and residents. Smart States must therefore continuously adapt to provide state-of-the-art public services in areas such as education, health care, and justice, to ensure social inclusion and equal opportunities. At the same time, new tools allow governments to increase their administrative effectiveness, fight corruption and earn their citizens' trust through accountable and transparent governance.


  • 2. Economic Renaissance

    European economies need to become the engine of society’s progress and allow for a decent living standard for all. For this, we established 3 key levers: rebuilding economically challenged areas, fostering leadership in innovation, and pushing for the EU to become a ‘Social Union’. This requires innovative policies to reduce bureaucracy, tackle unemployment, revive innovation, invest in smart & sustainable productivity and trade, and create a unified European social and fiscal system.

  • 3. Social Equality

    In 2018, no one should still be left behind. Everyone in Europe has to be guaranteed equal rights and opportunities, and human rights need to be respected, applied, and upheld! 

    To achieve this aim, we are introducing groundbreaking and holistic policies that tackle all types of inequalities and discrimination, that aim to alleviate poverty, to include everyone in society and provide access to basic needs, and that emphasize a person’s right to their own body.

  • 4. Global Balance

    In today's interconnected world, and given the recent developments in the international policy arena, Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges. These challenges include topics such as climate change, international fair trade, sustainable farming, food security, biodiversity, migration issues, and international development cooperation. This Challenge seeks to establish policies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 5. Citizen Empowerment

    Europeans should be empowered to take informed political decisions, be able to influence politics beyond elections alone, and exercise their democratic rights within vibrant, resilient and highly deliberative democracies. Our policies are based on best practices regarding the fostering of a pluralistic information and media landscape, tools & technologies for political engagement and empowerment, and ways in which democracies can be made to thrive.

  • +1. EU Reform

    The European Union is our common project: we have managed to come together and build a Union that has ensured peace and prosperity for over sixty years. Yet, it has its shortcomings, which is why we want to reform and strengthen EU governance and institutions for a more democratic, more transparent and stronger Europe, a federal Europe; and we propose concrete policies for more efficient EU action to promote and protect the interests of all European citizens.

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